Don’t get us wrong we love the city but sometimes you get that itch to escape for a while, and the lazy, hazy days of summer are the perfect time to embark on that epic road trip. Of course, you can’t drive in complete silence so we’ve compiled our list of the best road trip songs to get your motors running and kick your highway journey into high gear.
You’ve made up your mind. You ain’t wasting no more time. So tease your hair, don your leather, and crank up the volume on this 1982 hit just try not to get stuck in traffic. This power ballad works better on the open road with no adjacent drivers to judge your Coverdale cover moves.
This anthemic opening track from U2’s landmark 1987 LP, The Joshua Tree, is an ideal kick starter for any road trip. From a whisper, the sound of an organ builds up like a spiritual beacon being unveiled. It’s well over a minute before the Edge’s churning guitar and Adam Clayton’s propulsive bassline kick in, and another 40 seconds before Bono’s vocals touch down. By then, you’re ready to hit top gear and wail along.
The boogie-rock brothers were from Jacksonville, not Alabama, and cut the track in Georgia but when this song plays, every human in the room, no matter the allegiance, becomes a temporary, genuine mobile redneck.
The Eagles took flight in 1972 with their debut single: a quick but mellow ode to the romance of the road, where a world of troubles can be shucked at the mere sight of a girl in a flatbed Ford. co-written by frontman Glenn Frey and his friend Jackson Browne, the song’s flirtation with worry and release into adventure is perfect for relieving tension on a drive.
At some stage in your life—at any point between getting your driver’s license and getting married, really you’ll drive a really long way for love, as Gerry Roslie does in this proto-punk classic.